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Labor rewards star economist Andrew Leigh MP (not)

5 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Canberra’s best federal rep Andrew Leigh will  perform his shadow assistant minister duties on a backbencher’s salary … Leigh has been Labor’s most articulate performer besides Chris Bowen when it has come to commenting on economic matters. The ABC have called on him at every turn. Because he doesn’t have faction heavyweights looking after him, and [...]

Out-of-touch politicians should listen and act

5 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The Brexit result in the UK and Donald Trump’s ascendancy in the US have been a warning for Australian politicians, already facing disillusionment from voters in the Federal election which saw 24 percent, almost one quarter, of the constituency not vote for either of the two major Parties. With Brexit, the Remain team that found while [...]

Pair hold up Wanniassa Red Rooster, leave with small sum of cash

6 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Two men held up Red Rooster takeaway restaurant at Wanniassa last night, threatening a store attendant with assault before leaving with a small amount of cash. ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to the aggravated robbery, which occurred at around 8.30pm last night at the restaurant on the corner of Langdon Avenue and Rylah Crescent. The men approached [...]

Alumnus to guide music school in ‘critical period’

6 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The ANU has appointed Professor Malcolm Gillies, a distinguished academic who studied violin at the Canberra School of Music as an 11-year-old, as interim head of the School of Music for six months from October and advisor and mentor with immediate effect. Professor Gillies, who has served as Vice-Chancellor of two British universities – the London [...]

A look inside an ACT mobile speed camera van

6 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Ever wondered whether there is a real person inside those mobile speed camera vans? And whether they can catch you when you’re driving on the far side of a dual carriageway? The answers are yes, there is, and yes, they can. RiotACT took a peek inside one of the vans when ACT Minister for Road Safety [...]

Commission for International Engagement

6 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

  It’s not the manner of how a man came into this world that matters but it is the way he leaves it. I don’t know who wrote this saying (paraphrased by yours truly) but it is so true and no more so than in the political arena. Almost all of the pollies I have known (with [...]

Ask RiotACT: Home extension – where to start?

Hello Rioters, We’re in a small two bedroom single level duplex, but are feeling the squeeze. We’d love to stay in the hood (Narrabundah), so we think extending might be the way to go as we’re unlikely to find a bigger house that we can afford in the area. We’re thinking it might be a good idea to [...]

Police appeal over Kaleen attempted armed robbery

Police are seeking public help following an attempted armed robbery at the Caltex Star Mart service station in Kaleen last Thursday. Police responded to a report of a male holding a knife trying to gain access to the service station on Maribyrnong Avenue at about 10pm on 14 July. The male offender ran towards the front sliding door of the service [...]

Northbourne flats, ex-visitor centre sites up for auction in August

The territory’s Land Development Agency has appointed Knight Frank the sales agent for three ACT Government-owned blocks set for retail, commercial and residential development on the Dickson side of Northbourne Avenue: the former ACT Visitor Centre site vacated when the facility moved to Regatta Point and the public housing blocks on either side of it. At [...]

Hume Hwy closed southbound, traffic diverted through Canberra

All Sydney to Melbourne Hume Highway traffic is being diverted through Canberra via the Federal Highway turnoff near Goulburn this morning after a truck rolled blocking southbound lanes between Yass Valley Way and Sheldricks Lane. Police advise motorists to avoid the area or drive with caution due to heavy fog and expected lengthy delays. Northbound lanes are [...]

Politicians blind to population growth concerns

The recent Federal election saw the Sustainable Australia Party (ignored by the mainstream) field candidates and shortly before polling day at a local level the ACT Government announced 4550 residential dwelling sites would be released in 2016-17. What these two events have in common is increasing community concern about population growth and continuing political failure to [...]

Light rail extension routes identified

Canberrans have identified four key routes for the next stage of the light rail network, according to the ACT government. These were contained in Keeping Canberra Moving: What you have told us, a report from new transport agency Transport Canberra that took feedback from 6,000 residents on the future public transport needs in the ACT. Planning and [...]

Happy Kidlets at Café Injoy

Gold Creek always reminds me of scene out of the soap opera Neighbours. This is not just because it has a resort named Lassiters: the touristy facades also make me feels I am on a soapie set. But while Gold Creek may be aimed at tourists, there are some reliable longstanding businesses that provide good [...]

Fire engulfs Pialligo Estate smokehouse at Hume

Firefighters spent two and a half hours battling a blaze that caused extensive damage to the Pialligo Estate Smokehouse off Shepard St, Hume last night, extinguishing the flames at around 9pm after receiving several Triple Zero calls alerting them to the fire just after 6.30pm. The facility was used to produce cured Tasmanian sea trout and [...]

Kidpreneurs raise over $750 for charity

Sunday marked the culmination of the July school holiday’s Club Kidpreneur program, with an impressive market stall at the Bus Depot Markets in Kingston. Launched in April, the Club Kidpreneur program gives children aged 8-12 a taste of entrepreneurship by helping them establish a business, create a product, test it, and then sell to real customers [...]

Seven things to do around Canberra this weekend (22-24 July)

There is a feast of sensory delights to enjoy in the capital this weekend. You can treat your taste buds to some delicious hand-made chocolates and freshly brewed coffee, watch some top-level rugby, catch a film by one cinema’s great auteurs, and listen to classical music in beautiful surrounds. ALL WEEKEND Scorsese by Stratton When Fri-Sun, various times | [...]

Canberra’s taverns: Give your local a go!

Lately, I’ve been trying to drink a little more. My goal is to down one beer every weeknight. I’m obviously not a habitual drinker and don’t plan to be. But I like how a beer helps me to unwind, marking that important shift from daytime labour into night-time leisure. Because there’s not always beer in the fridge [...]

Ask RiotACT: Tree roots invading property

We have recently moved into a house. Our neighbour has a lovely tree but the tree roots are moving over to our property where it has lifted our driveway so much that there is now a 20cm ledge into our garage that our car has trouble getting into. The driveway has cracked and lifted to [...]

‘Pull yourself together,’ Tara Costigan’s sister told

“Yep you need to pull yourself together and help your sister.” These were among the words spoken by the Triple Zero Ambulance operator to Rikki Schmidt, the sister of Canberra mother Tara Costigan when she called the emergency line as Ms Costigan lay dying after her former partner, Marcus Rappel, had struck her with an [...]

New partnerships program proving a success

The ACT’s new Innovation Partnerships Program is in full swing, facilitated in large part by former local Senator Kate Lundy, who was appointed the Territory’s Local Industry Advocate last December. The program, which is part of a series of local business initiatives from Chief Minister Andrew Barr, gives Canberra-based small to medium enterprises a direct opportunity [...]

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